This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw Women's Swimming's freestyle relay team win All-America honors in two events, while Women's Tennis had a huge weekend while making a strong case for a top 10 position in the new national rankings this week.
The Women's Swimming relay team of Alex Lincoln ‘14, Vicky Gyorffy ‘15, Maki Tohmon ‘17 and Kay Sterner ‘17 broke two school records as well over the weekend. The quartet swam a 7:37.11 in the finals of the 800-yard freestyle relay on Friday, well ahead of the Pomona-Pitzer record coming into this season of 7:46.07 (set last season) to finish 13th overall for honorable mention All-America status (the 1-8 finishers earn first-team All-America honors, the 9-16 finishers earn honorable mention). The team also swam a Pomona-Pitzer record 3:30.85 in the 400-yard freestyle relay to reach the consolation finals and earn All-America status with a 16th place finish.
Lincoln also swam in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday, her first individual NCAA competition after winning four SCIAC titles (two in the 100, two in the 200) in her four-year career, coming in 29th overall with a 52.64. Sterner was 26th in the 1650 with a 17:32.50. Tohmon was 29th in the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday with a 2:08.47, and Sterner was 36th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:08.19.
Women's Tennis had a huge weekend in edging Redlands in a key SCIAC match on Friday and then winning the inaugural Hen-Athena Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, concluding a stretch in which they went 5-1 in 10 days against six opponents all ranked in the top 16 in the nation. The Redlands match on Friday came right down to the final point, where Mae Coyiuto '16 came back from down 5-4 in the third set (and 0-30 on her serve) to win the final three games for a 7-5 win in the third and give the Sagehens a 5-4 team victory.
There was no such drama over the weekend, as Pomona-Pitzer rolled to an 8-1 win over No. 6 Middlebury on Saturday and then another 8-1 win over No. 16 Whitman on Sunday. The two wins gave the Sagehens the championship of the Hen-Athena Tournament (co-hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and CMS) as the team with the greatest point differential among those which finished 2-0. Lea Lynn Yen '16 was 4-0 in singles on the week, including the lone win in a 6-3 loss to No. 4 Amherst on Monday, which was the only defeat Pomona-Pitzer suffered in its tough six-match stretch. The Sagehens are currently ranked No. 12 nationally, but have beaten the No. 6 (Middlebury), No. 7 (Bowdoin) and No. 8 (Carnegie Mellon) teams in the country since the last poll and will likely vault into the top 10 when the new poll is released this week. Pomona-Pitzer faces Caltech on Friday, travels to Occidental on Saturday, and then hosts No. 2 Williams for a huge match on Sunday at 12 noon.
Men's Tennis also defeated Whitman in a key regional matchup, although this one was much closer as the Sagehens had to rally from down 4-1 to win the final singles matches for a 5-4 victory. Connor Hudson '15 started the run with a win at No. 2 singles, and Chris Wiechert PI '14, Michael Chang PI '15 and Jonathan Kim PI '16 won the last three matches in order for the 5-4 win, with Kim's coming down to a third-set tiebreaker, which he won 7-5. Pomona-Pitzer also fell to No. 4 Amherst 6-3 on Tuesday and defeated Tufts 7-2 on Wednesday. Sam Crawford '16 and Kim won 8-1 at No. 3 doubles against both Amherst and Tufts to extend their winning streak to nine in a row. Pomona-Pitzer has a big week ahead with home matches against No. 28 Chicago on Monday, No. 2 Williams on Tuesday and No. 19 UC Santa Cruz on Friday.
Women's Golf had an impressive showing at the Cal Lutheran Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, coming in second out of six teams, including finishing ahead of SCIAC rivals Occidental and Whittier. Jennifer Kim '17 tied for the individual title for the Sagehens with a two-day score of 158, while Allison Boden '14 set a personal best by shooting a 79 on the opening day of the tournament. Men's Golf was idle, but competes in the West Cup on Monday and Tuesday this week at Bear Creek.
Baseball had only one game this past week, but came from behind with a six-run seventh inning to defeat Wesleyan 6-4 at Alumni Field on Monday. The Sagehens drew four bases-loaded walks in the inning (from Tanner Nishioka '17, Simon Rosenbaum '16, Timmy Novom '15 and Jake Bruml '15) before Kenny Rabin '15 capped off the rally with an RBI single. Mark Okuma PI '15 performed well in his first start on the pitching mound for the Sagehens, while Kevin Kannappan '16 closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fifth save of the year. Baseball hosts a non-conference game on Wednesday against Pacific Lutheran at 3 p.m., and then faces a three-game series with La Verne, including a home doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Softball had a strong showing at the Tucson Invitational with a 2-2 record, defeating Denison 4-3 and Grinnell 15-0 on the second day of the event on Friday. Bianca Cockrell '17 worked out of a second-and-third, none-out jam in the sixth inning against Denison to finish off the narrow win, while the Sagehens scored nine runs in the first inning to rout Grinnell, with Ashley Morello PI '15, Aryana Yee '16 and Caitlyn Hynes '14 each getting two hits in the first inning alone (Yee finished 4-for-4). Eden Griffen PI '17 threw her first collegiate shutout in the contest. Softball has a home doubleheader with Willamette on Wednesday at 2 p.m., travels to La Verne on Friday for a twin-bill and then hosts Cal Lutheran on Saturday in a noon doubleheader.
Women's Water Polo had a busy week with six matches in four days, picking up a 9-4 win over La Verne in its SCIAC opener, while also adding a 14-6 win over CSU San Bernardino at Loyola Marymount's Tournament (where it went 1-3, with losses to No. 8 LMU and No. 10 Princeton). Miranda Green '17 had two goals in the win over La Verne, while Ahsha Earwood PI '17 had 12 saves. Mahalia Prater-Fahey '15 had three goals for the Sagehens in the win over CSU San Bernardino. Pomona-Pitzer hosts Brown on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then entertains Cal Lutheran on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Occidental on Saturday at 11 a.m. in a pair of SCIAC matches.
Women's Lacrosse split the week against two non-conference opponents, defeating Sewanee 12-9 and then falling to undefeated Allegheny 13-10. Sarah Markowitz PI '16 had three goals against Sewanee and four others had two apiece, including Ally McLaughlin '16, who won a key draw control after the Tigers had pulled within 11-8 and scored the goal to clinch it. The Sagehens have three home games this week, facing DePauw on Monday, Carthage on Wednesday and North Central on Thursday, all at 7 p.m.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Monday, March 24
Men's Golf at The West Cup, 9 a.m. (Bear Creek)
Men's Tennis (H) vs. Chicago, 4 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (H) vs. DePauw, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25
Men's Golf at The West Cup, 9 a.m. (Bear Creek)
Women's Water Polo (H) vs. Brown, 4 p.m.
Men's Tennis (H) vs. Williams, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26
Softball (H) vs. Willamette, 2 p.m. (DH)
Baseball (H) vs. Pacific Lutheran, 3 p.m.
Women's Water Polo (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 5 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (H) vs. Carthage, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 27
Women's Lacrosse (H) vs. North Central, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 28
Men's Tennis (H) vs. UC Santa Cruz, 10 a.m.
Women's Tennis (H) vs. Caltech, 2 p.m.
Softball at La Verne, 2 p.m. (DH)
Baseball at La Verne, 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 29
Women's Tennis at Occidental, 10 a.m.
Men's Track and Field at SCIAC Quad, 11 a.m. (at Oxy)
Women's Track and Field at SCIAC Quad, 11 a.m. (at Oxy)
Women's Water Polo (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. La Verne, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball (H) vs. Cal Lutheran (H), 12 p.m. (DH)
Men's Tennis at Caltech, 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 30
Women's Tennis (H) vs. Williams, 12 p.m.